Don't let boredom ruin your puppy's brain
Your new puppy likely won’t need to fight for food in the wild. That means you’ll need some fun, enrichment at home to keep your canine cutie happy, healthy and out of trouble (from boredom). You’ve taken the first important step to giving your puppy a happy, healthy life by seeing your veterinarian, but medical and preventive care aren’t the only things a new dog needs to thrive. The good news is, veterinary professionals are an excellent resource for ways to keep your puppy physically and mentally healthy.
Enrichment is fun!
Dog ancestors hunted and foraged. Of course, your puppy is dramatically different in many ways from canine ancestors, because domestic dogs have evolved along with humans, but his puppy brain still needs challenges. We call these challenges “enrichment.” Zoo veterinarians have known for a while now that their animals were much healthier if their environments offered enrichment. You can see polar bears floating with frozen fish or tigers rolling enormous balls. Our dogs, like these animals in captivity, are born to evade predators and find food, but they have their needs met by us in our homes, so we have to give them other interesting things to focus on. Some fun ways to create interest are toys and games. Even if it’s as simple as hiding treats under blankets or going for a walk outside.
Some of the most fun enrichment toys for you to buy will dispense food rewards as puppies figure them out. They are novel and interesting and can help slow down your puppy’s eating habits too. There are high-tech toys that launch balls for puppies to chase. There are puzzles that puppies must decipher for a food reward. Activity mats are designed to entertain puppies too, with pockets to explore. Some of the mats have thick threads that dogs have to sniff and search through to find their reward. The more senses your dog engages for each activity, the better!
We carry a variety of toys and chews including KONG & Nylabone to fulfill your pup’s needs to chew. Our Staff members will be happy to help you pick the appropriate toy for your pet’s needs.